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thank you for your reply. I’m terrified it’s not going to go away. The akathesia and suicidal thoughts are horrific 

  • 5-28-20 given cymbalta. Had bad reaction. Stopped immediately. 
  • 6-20-20 stopped vicodin after 5 years. Suffered akathesia. 
  • 7-20-20 to 11-13-20 mirtazapine. On 7.5 tapered for 8 weeks  jumped off at 1.5
  • 11/20 to Feb 3. .25 klonopin, tapered 4 weeks. Jumped off at .0935
  • present - med free. Still suffering from akathesia, insomnia,depression and anxiety
  • melatonin 1mg. Magnesium 400mg daily
  • Vicodin one week. Stopped 12-5-21
  • temezapam prn 
  • sonata sleeping pill. Prn 
  • tried kratom for one week
  • 1-15-22 - symptoms - visual issues, dizziness, severe brain fog, suicidal ideations
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Please read the Intro topics of the people @UnfoldingSky mentioned. Everyone is terrified their symptom pattern will go on forever.

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I've recently realised for sure I am having symptoms of this akathesia. I don't have the urge to pace and move all the time which made me think I didn't have it, but I have these very dark scary intrusive distorted thoughts and a constant high alert state of panic and anxiety in the body, like someone's plugged me into a power socket. I get very angry very quickly and the smallest sound triggers an extreme fear response in me. This symptom really is next level horrible!

History of depression and anxiety. Symptoms of PTSD. 1998-1999 Venlafaxine 2006-2007 Prozac.2013-15 Sertraline 50mg. 2015 cross-tapered to citalopram 20mg. 2015-2021 Citalopram 20mg (brief increase to 30mg for 2/3 months in 2019. 01/2021 Dropped from 20mg to 10mg, back up to 20mg til June. 25/6/21 stopped CT. Started 50mg 5htp after a week without citalopram in the hope this would balance out my serotonin levels. After 3 days increased to 100mg 5htp. 11/7/21 Stopped 5htp with the intention of reinstating citalopram at 1mg. 16/7/21 Reinstated cit at 1mg. 2/8/21 Increased dose to 2mg. 28/11/21 10% reduction to 1.8mg.

8/12/21 2mg 6/1/22 1.8mg 10/2/22 1.6mg 13/5/22 1.5mg 4/6/22 1.55mg 4/7/22 1.4mg 4/8/22 1.25mg 1/11/22 1.1mg 3/3/23 1mg 18/4/23 0.9mg 2/6/23 0.8mg 4/10/23 0.7mg 11/11/23 jumped off @0.7mg started on 5htp 200mg -400mg, L-Theanine, and L-tyrosine 200mg. 25/11/23 came off 5-htp, l-tyrosine and l-Theanine. 24/12/23 went on 7.5mg mirtazapine. 27/12/23 stopped mirtazapine & reinstated citalopram @.35mg. 1/1/24 increased to 0.5mg. PTSD diagnosis October 2023. 11/11/23 started EMDR therapy for PTSD. Multiple unsuccessful attempts to taper off citalopram. Vegan, otherwise healthy lifestyle. Other medications; tapering off combined HRT. Other supplements; magnesium glycinate, vegan omega3. Completely OFF caffeine (since July 21). Finding it difficult to completely give up alcohol but haven’t had any since 25/12/23. Main symptoms; crushing depression, anhedonia/emotional anesthesia, irritability, rage, anxiety/fear, intrusive thoughts, cognitive fog, inability to focus, restlessness and some insomnia

 

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When I had akathisia I found it helpful to wear compression garments, for example exercise clothing (leggings, performance tights, athleisure, that sort of thing) with compression effect. Especially on legs, lower body. 

It felt soothing and helped calm me down. 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

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On 6/8/2022 at 3:33 PM, Kat66 said:

I've recently realised for sure I am having symptoms of this akathesia. I don't have the urge to pace and move all the time which made me think I didn't have it, but I have these very dark scary intrusive distorted thoughts and a constant high alert state of panic and anxiety in the body, like someone's plugged me into a power socket. I get very angry very quickly and the smallest sound triggers an extreme fear response in me. This symptom really is next level horrible!

Hi @Kat66! How are you? I feel exactly like that. Sending many positive thoughts for you to cross this path. And a question: did your akathisia get worse during the taper?

All the best,

Fantini

2012 - 2022: 10 years on Seroquel starting at 25mg and working up to 100mg (for insonia)

aug 2021 - dez 2021: decrease my dose by 50% every month (100 mg, 50 mg, 25 mg, 12,5 mg, 0 mg)

fev 2021: start 100 mg of Lyrica (for anxiety and it gives me akathisia) 

mar 2022: decrease my dose by 50% (akathisia) 

apr 2022: reinstart 0.5 mg Seroquel 

 

 

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Hi @Fantini these symptoms of akathesia come and go, but have been worse the longer the taper goes on. How are you doing? Do you experience akathesia too?

History of depression and anxiety. Symptoms of PTSD. 1998-1999 Venlafaxine 2006-2007 Prozac.2013-15 Sertraline 50mg. 2015 cross-tapered to citalopram 20mg. 2015-2021 Citalopram 20mg (brief increase to 30mg for 2/3 months in 2019. 01/2021 Dropped from 20mg to 10mg, back up to 20mg til June. 25/6/21 stopped CT. Started 50mg 5htp after a week without citalopram in the hope this would balance out my serotonin levels. After 3 days increased to 100mg 5htp. 11/7/21 Stopped 5htp with the intention of reinstating citalopram at 1mg. 16/7/21 Reinstated cit at 1mg. 2/8/21 Increased dose to 2mg. 28/11/21 10% reduction to 1.8mg.

8/12/21 2mg 6/1/22 1.8mg 10/2/22 1.6mg 13/5/22 1.5mg 4/6/22 1.55mg 4/7/22 1.4mg 4/8/22 1.25mg 1/11/22 1.1mg 3/3/23 1mg 18/4/23 0.9mg 2/6/23 0.8mg 4/10/23 0.7mg 11/11/23 jumped off @0.7mg started on 5htp 200mg -400mg, L-Theanine, and L-tyrosine 200mg. 25/11/23 came off 5-htp, l-tyrosine and l-Theanine. 24/12/23 went on 7.5mg mirtazapine. 27/12/23 stopped mirtazapine & reinstated citalopram @.35mg. 1/1/24 increased to 0.5mg. PTSD diagnosis October 2023. 11/11/23 started EMDR therapy for PTSD. Multiple unsuccessful attempts to taper off citalopram. Vegan, otherwise healthy lifestyle. Other medications; tapering off combined HRT. Other supplements; magnesium glycinate, vegan omega3. Completely OFF caffeine (since July 21). Finding it difficult to completely give up alcohol but haven’t had any since 25/12/23. Main symptoms; crushing depression, anhedonia/emotional anesthesia, irritability, rage, anxiety/fear, intrusive thoughts, cognitive fog, inability to focus, restlessness and some insomnia

 

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On 2/27/2017 at 6:26 AM, Vonnegutjunky said:

Hello everyone -

I also got akathisia from a reinstatement of Paxil - normally a 10mg user- during wd my doc bumped me to 20mg - the next day I had it and isn't even know it - I stayed like that,for 4 months

 

The acute 24/7 horror and terror have disappeared - I never had the pacing - just felt like I was plugged in- like a light bulb

 

For the last year I get waves and windows -

For the last 2 months during my windows I feel 100% normal for a few days -

So I am very grateful

 

But I still get waves of this horrid depression and a fear (which is not coneneted to anything cognitively)

 

I hope these waves eventually stop -

I don't know that they ever will-

I feel like I will be stuck with them for the rest of my life -

It makes me really sad and it really interrupts my life

 

I no longer have any confidence

And I don't make plans any more since I never know when a wave will come

 

It is horrible depression

But it's better than akathisia

 

I'm so sick of feeling fear for no reason -

 

But outside of these waves I feel normal-

 

I have not used any supplements or meds at all-

 

I just slowly tapered my Paxil through it -


hello how are you doing? I have akathisia as well. I was wondering if yours has stopped ? @Vonnegutjunky

April 2022- Only 1 celxa pill 10mg

had an adverse reaction & never took anymore again 

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On 7/15/2021 at 1:12 PM, UnfoldingSky said:

 

Hi Shellbell yes my akathisia went away I haven't had it in many years.  :)


@UnfoldingSky How long did it take you for it to go away? 
 

im 18 months off an adverse reaction & just recently made the akathisia worse again by taking antibiotics 

April 2022- Only 1 celxa pill 10mg

had an adverse reaction & never took anymore again 

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On 6/8/2022 at 11:33 AM, Kat66 said:

I've recently realised for sure I am having symptoms of this akathesia. I don't have the urge to pace and move all the time which made me think I didn't have it, but I have these very dark scary intrusive distorted thoughts and a constant high alert state of panic and anxiety in the body, like someone's plugged me into a power socket. I get very angry very quickly and the smallest sound triggers an extreme fear response in me. This symptom really is next level horrible!


Same here. How is your akathisia now? @Kat66

April 2022- Only 1 celxa pill 10mg

had an adverse reaction & never took anymore again 

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Hi @peaceandlove thanks for asking. I had a nice long window earlier this year but now, reading that quoted excerpt, I have exactly the same symptoms as when I wrote that. 
 

Sorry you’re suffering too.

History of depression and anxiety. Symptoms of PTSD. 1998-1999 Venlafaxine 2006-2007 Prozac.2013-15 Sertraline 50mg. 2015 cross-tapered to citalopram 20mg. 2015-2021 Citalopram 20mg (brief increase to 30mg for 2/3 months in 2019. 01/2021 Dropped from 20mg to 10mg, back up to 20mg til June. 25/6/21 stopped CT. Started 50mg 5htp after a week without citalopram in the hope this would balance out my serotonin levels. After 3 days increased to 100mg 5htp. 11/7/21 Stopped 5htp with the intention of reinstating citalopram at 1mg. 16/7/21 Reinstated cit at 1mg. 2/8/21 Increased dose to 2mg. 28/11/21 10% reduction to 1.8mg.

8/12/21 2mg 6/1/22 1.8mg 10/2/22 1.6mg 13/5/22 1.5mg 4/6/22 1.55mg 4/7/22 1.4mg 4/8/22 1.25mg 1/11/22 1.1mg 3/3/23 1mg 18/4/23 0.9mg 2/6/23 0.8mg 4/10/23 0.7mg 11/11/23 jumped off @0.7mg started on 5htp 200mg -400mg, L-Theanine, and L-tyrosine 200mg. 25/11/23 came off 5-htp, l-tyrosine and l-Theanine. 24/12/23 went on 7.5mg mirtazapine. 27/12/23 stopped mirtazapine & reinstated citalopram @.35mg. 1/1/24 increased to 0.5mg. PTSD diagnosis October 2023. 11/11/23 started EMDR therapy for PTSD. Multiple unsuccessful attempts to taper off citalopram. Vegan, otherwise healthy lifestyle. Other medications; tapering off combined HRT. Other supplements; magnesium glycinate, vegan omega3. Completely OFF caffeine (since July 21). Finding it difficult to completely give up alcohol but haven’t had any since 25/12/23. Main symptoms; crushing depression, anhedonia/emotional anesthesia, irritability, rage, anxiety/fear, intrusive thoughts, cognitive fog, inability to focus, restlessness and some insomnia

 

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On 11/28/2023 at 3:49 PM, Kat66 said:

Hi @peaceandlove thanks for asking. I had a nice long window earlier this year but now, reading that quoted excerpt, I have exactly the same symptoms as when I wrote that. 
 

Sorry you’re suffering too.


@Kat66 Glad you had a long window. Sorry to hear you’re still going through it though. You’re not alone. Hope you feel better & get into your next window soon 💕

April 2022- Only 1 celxa pill 10mg

had an adverse reaction & never took anymore again 

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On 11/26/2023 at 10:18 PM, peaceandlove said:


@UnfoldingSky How long did it take you for it to go away? 
 

im 18 months off an adverse reaction & just recently made the akathisia worse again by taking antibiotics 

 Hello peaceandlove. I'm so sorry you're in this situation.   I had akathisia for three years. I was given a long list of pills that cause it, so as it seems you only took one dose of Celexa and then the antibiotic, I'd expect you'll heal faster than I did.  FIY everyone I have spoken with over the years who took small doses and got akathisia recovered fully.  Don't lose hope! 

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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13 hours ago, UnfoldingSky said:

 Hello peaceandlove. I'm so sorry you're in this situation.   I had akathisia for three years. I was given a long list of pills that cause it, so as it seems you only took one dose of Celexa and then the antibiotic, I'd expect you'll heal faster than I did.  FIY everyone I have spoken with over the years who took small doses and got akathisia recovered fully.  Don't lose hope! 


I just hope I didn’t restart my recovery from these antibiotics because that’s what it sure feels like. I’m going to take things seriously as I can & just stay indoors. I wear sound proof headphones & limit my screen time which is hard because I’m in online college. I’m young I just want to go outside again & live life. I feel like I’m in jail 😞 thank you for responding back to me as it gives me encouragement. I read your story & you are soooo strong 💕 it takes a lot to come back & tell your story & be there for others so thank you for that :) @UnfoldingSky

April 2022- Only 1 celxa pill 10mg

had an adverse reaction & never took anymore again 

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3 hours ago, peaceandlove said:


I just hope I didn’t restart my recovery from these antibiotics because that’s what it sure feels like. I’m going to take things seriously as I can & just stay indoors. I wear sound proof headphones & limit my screen time which is hard because I’m in online college. I’m young I just want to go outside again & live life. I feel like I’m in jail 😞 thank you for responding back to me as it gives me encouragement. I read your story & you are soooo strong 💕 it takes a lot to come back & tell your story & be there for others so thank you for that :) @UnfoldingSky

 

It's not a problem. I wish so much that this never happened to anyone else.

 

I don't think this will set your recovery back to the beginning.  

 

I am sure you are very strong to have come this far too.  Even a day of this is such agony. I remember having to wear headphones too, and could only really get out into nature, everywhere else was too stimulating.  I feel so sad for you. This is such an awful experience to go through and that they do it to young people...no words. I was lucky, happened to me after I finished uni.  Are you able to defer your studies maybe until it's cleared up ? I can't imagine having to do school with something like this. 

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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15 hours ago, UnfoldingSky said:

 

It's not a problem. I wish so much that this never happened to anyone else.

 

I don't think this will set your recovery back to the beginning.  

 

I am sure you are very strong to have come this far too.  Even a day of this is such agony. I remember having to wear headphones too, and could only really get out into nature, everywhere else was too stimulating.  I feel so sad for you. This is such an awful experience to go through and that they do it to young people...no words. I was lucky, happened to me after I finished uni.  Are you able to defer your studies maybe until it's cleared up ? I can't imagine having to do school with something like this. 


It is an awful experience I had no idea withdrawal existed or drugs could cause this until it happened to me. 
Yes, very true I love going out in nature & just sitting down making sure I get sunlight every now & then. Luckily for me this is my last semester & then I’m done the semester ends in about 3 weeks. So I’m going to stick it out so I can finish 😆 ones things for sure I won’t be looking for work right away lol I’m going to continue to relax at home. @UnfoldingSky

April 2022- Only 1 celxa pill 10mg

had an adverse reaction & never took anymore again 

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@peaceandlove, odds are on your side. You will make a full recovery sooner that you expect. You just really have to be really careful about drugs from now on. Psych drugs are an obvious no go, anti-nausea drugs are another (they work like psych drugs lol, that is what did me), and, yes, antibiotics.

Only take them if you really really need them. I had to in a couple of occasions (surgery and a very bad infection) and seem to tolerate penicillin derivatives .

December 2021 - Metoclopramide started. Akathisia symptoms start; Metoclopramide gets changed to PRN.

March 2022 - Akathisia diagnosed; Metoclopramide stopped; Propranolol 10mg x twice a day. Biperiden PRN (0.5mg to 1mg).

April 2022 - Tandospirone 30mg (10mg 3x day), Quetiapine 25mg (only taken once, immediate adr). Mirtazapine 7.5mg. . Discontinued Propranolol.

May 2022 - Mirtazapine upped to 15mg. Tandospirone cut to 2x 10mg. Low dose Depakote for the month; 100 to 200 to 100 to 0. Mirtazapine cut back to 11.75mg (3/4 of a 15mg pill).
June 2022 - Mirtazapine updose to 15mg. Tandospirone, Biperiden discontinued. Klonopin started PRN (0.5mg). 
September 2022 - Akathisia slowly starts improving, WD/ADR normal sets in in mid September. Hold for 4 months.
March 2023 - Off mirtazapine; no Klonopin for 5 months either! Started quercetin (250mg x 2) to soften the histamine rebound.

May 2023 - Stopped quercetin and changed from magnesium carbonate to oxide - reacted badly. Reverted back to carbonate. 
June 2023 - Added fish oil.
Current regimen: CALM Magnesium (Carbonate into Citrate) 175mg x2; Vitamin E 268mg x2; Fish oil (100mg Omega3; EPA 30mg; DHA 37mg)x2
Intro thread: 
https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/27095-portuguesesea-metoclopramide-akathisia-and-mirtazapine/

 

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On 12/1/2023 at 6:45 PM, UnfoldingSky said:

 

It's not a problem. I wish so much that this never happened to anyone else.

 

I don't think this will set your recovery back to the beginning.  

 

I am sure you are very strong to have come this far too.  Even a day of this is such agony. I remember having to wear headphones too, and could only really get out into nature, everywhere else was too stimulating.  I feel so sad for you. This is such an awful experience to go through and that they do it to young people...no words. I was lucky, happened to me after I finished uni.  Are you able to defer your studies maybe until it's cleared up ? I can't imagine having to do school with something like this. 


Question, did you ever take beta blockers (like Propanalol) when you had the akathisia? @UnfoldingSky

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had an adverse reaction & never took anymore again 

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Hey, I did take Propranolol.  It honestly didn't seem to do much to control akathisia but I was also on a low dose, so maybe it helps others.   FIY it has to be tapered too. (I did get off it, the taper was easy.)

 

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On 12/1/2023 at 4:52 PM, UnfoldingSky said:

I had akathisia for three years.

@UnfoldingSky, was that total time or time after discontinuation?

It is such a hopeless condition, though people do heal, painfully and slowly.
I am on my third year now, two years and a half off causative agent, 11 months off all drugs. 
Whenever I get hit by a worsening my heart sinks.

December 2021 - Metoclopramide started. Akathisia symptoms start; Metoclopramide gets changed to PRN.

March 2022 - Akathisia diagnosed; Metoclopramide stopped; Propranolol 10mg x twice a day. Biperiden PRN (0.5mg to 1mg).

April 2022 - Tandospirone 30mg (10mg 3x day), Quetiapine 25mg (only taken once, immediate adr). Mirtazapine 7.5mg. . Discontinued Propranolol.

May 2022 - Mirtazapine upped to 15mg. Tandospirone cut to 2x 10mg. Low dose Depakote for the month; 100 to 200 to 100 to 0. Mirtazapine cut back to 11.75mg (3/4 of a 15mg pill).
June 2022 - Mirtazapine updose to 15mg. Tandospirone, Biperiden discontinued. Klonopin started PRN (0.5mg). 
September 2022 - Akathisia slowly starts improving, WD/ADR normal sets in in mid September. Hold for 4 months.
March 2023 - Off mirtazapine; no Klonopin for 5 months either! Started quercetin (250mg x 2) to soften the histamine rebound.

May 2023 - Stopped quercetin and changed from magnesium carbonate to oxide - reacted badly. Reverted back to carbonate. 
June 2023 - Added fish oil.
Current regimen: CALM Magnesium (Carbonate into Citrate) 175mg x2; Vitamin E 268mg x2; Fish oil (100mg Omega3; EPA 30mg; DHA 37mg)x2
Intro thread: 
https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/27095-portuguesesea-metoclopramide-akathisia-and-mirtazapine/

 

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46 minutes ago, PortugueseSea said:

@UnfoldingSky, was that total time or time after discontinuation?

It is such a hopeless condition, though people do heal, painfully and slowly.
I am on my third year now, two years and a half off causative agent, 11 months off all drugs. 
Whenever I get hit by a worsening my heart sinks.

 

I'm so sorry you're experiencing it too.  I wish they would stop handing out pills that cause it.  You have my sympathy.

 

It's roughly three years that I had it. I had it on some drugs and off too.  

 

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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3 hours ago, UnfoldingSky said:

I'm so sorry you're experiencing it too.  I wish they would stop handing out pills that cause it.  You have my sympathy.

 

It's roughly three years that I had it. I had it on some drugs and off too.  


Thank you so much, it is great to hear it from people who understand. Thank you. The worst is already behind me but I still struggle plenty. Working hard to move forward! 

Let us hope I follow in your footsteps and this is my last year!

December 2021 - Metoclopramide started. Akathisia symptoms start; Metoclopramide gets changed to PRN.

March 2022 - Akathisia diagnosed; Metoclopramide stopped; Propranolol 10mg x twice a day. Biperiden PRN (0.5mg to 1mg).

April 2022 - Tandospirone 30mg (10mg 3x day), Quetiapine 25mg (only taken once, immediate adr). Mirtazapine 7.5mg. . Discontinued Propranolol.

May 2022 - Mirtazapine upped to 15mg. Tandospirone cut to 2x 10mg. Low dose Depakote for the month; 100 to 200 to 100 to 0. Mirtazapine cut back to 11.75mg (3/4 of a 15mg pill).
June 2022 - Mirtazapine updose to 15mg. Tandospirone, Biperiden discontinued. Klonopin started PRN (0.5mg). 
September 2022 - Akathisia slowly starts improving, WD/ADR normal sets in in mid September. Hold for 4 months.
March 2023 - Off mirtazapine; no Klonopin for 5 months either! Started quercetin (250mg x 2) to soften the histamine rebound.

May 2023 - Stopped quercetin and changed from magnesium carbonate to oxide - reacted badly. Reverted back to carbonate. 
June 2023 - Added fish oil.
Current regimen: CALM Magnesium (Carbonate into Citrate) 175mg x2; Vitamin E 268mg x2; Fish oil (100mg Omega3; EPA 30mg; DHA 37mg)x2
Intro thread: 
https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/27095-portuguesesea-metoclopramide-akathisia-and-mirtazapine/

 

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I truly hope it is, every moment with it is so hard as you know!!!

 

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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On 2/9/2024 at 6:36 PM, UnfoldingSky said:

Hey, I did take Propranolol.  It honestly didn't seem to do much to control akathisia but I was also on a low dose, so maybe it helps others.   FIY it has to be tapered too. (I did get off it, the taper was easy.)

 

I feel like I need to take propranolol but I’m extremely scared to reacting to it @UnfoldingSky do you think it’s safe??? Idk what to do 

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On 2/25/2024 at 3:46 AM, peaceandlove said:

I feel like I need to take propranolol but I’m extremely scared to reacting to it @UnfoldingSky do you think it’s safe??? Idk what to do 

Hey sorry I didn't see your question until now. 

 

I spent ages researching various med effects, one thing that appears to be true of Propranolol is it doesn't seem to cause akathisia.  I took it with a benzo, I think over time the benzo was making akathisia worse. Took only a low dose of Propranolol (if you are going to try it definitely start at lowest possible dose). 

 

It can cause other issues though, among them depression, amnesia, low blood pressure, rebound anxiety as you come off it.  It has to be tapered.  At least with this med though usually doctors know it has to be tapered (this is mentioned in pharmacy literature).   I had no trouble tapering at all, it was super easy for me to get off it.  I don't even think I had a negative effect at all during the taper.  I've heard of a few people who did have difficulty with a taper though, however they were on higher doses.

 

I think it can also cause heart problems. Oh and it can cause Raynaud's Phenomenon.  I did get that but it went away when I got off it.  Usually from what I understand that will only really be a problem if you live somewhere where you get a cold winter.

 

Also I honestly don't know if anyone suffers a paradoxical type of reaction on starting it which I assume is what you are worried about?  I can't think of anyone I have read reporting something like this but can't say for sure one way or another if that could happen.  

 

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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This said if you have high blood pressure it may level it out to a more normal range, since it gets used for high BP normally.  I had fine BP before taking it, so it pushed it too low for me. I had to eat a LOT of salt to keep it up during the time I was on it.   

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On 2/27/2024 at 3:24 PM, UnfoldingSky said:

Hey sorry I didn't see your question until now. 

 

I spent ages researching various med effects, one thing that appears to be true of Propranolol is it doesn't seem to cause akathisia.  I took it with a benzo, I think over time the benzo was making akathisia worse. Took only a low dose of Propranolol (if you are going to try it definitely start at lowest possible dose). 

 

It can cause other issues though, among them depression, amnesia, low blood pressure, rebound anxiety as you come off it.  It has to be tapered.  At least with this med though usually doctors know it has to be tapered (this is mentioned in pharmacy literature).   I had no trouble tapering at all, it was super easy for me to get off it.  I don't even think I had a negative effect at all during the taper.  I've heard of a few people who did have difficulty with a taper though, however they were on higher doses.

 

I think it can also cause heart problems. Oh and it can cause Raynaud's Phenomenon.  I did get that but it went away when I got off it.  Usually from what I understand that will only really be a problem if you live somewhere where you get a cold winter.

 

Also I honestly don't know if anyone suffers a paradoxical type of reaction on starting it which I assume is what you are worried about?  I can't think of anyone I have read reporting something like this but can't say for sure one way or another if that could happen.  

 


Thank you 😊 you have been so helpful along this journey with any question I have. Thank you for still sticking around it means a lot @UnfoldingSky

April 2022- Only 1 celxa pill 10mg

had an adverse reaction & never took anymore again 

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I'm glad I can help.  ❤️  

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On 3/1/2024 at 2:21 PM, peaceandlove said:


Thank you 😊 you have been so helpful along this journey with any question I have. Thank you for still sticking around it means a lot @UnfoldingSky


have you heard anything about the beta blocker Ivabradine causing akathesia ? @UnfoldingSky

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4 hours ago, peaceandlove said:


have you heard anything about the beta blocker Ivabradine causing akathesia ? @UnfoldingSky

Hi peace, I honestly have never even heard of this beta blocker before. I wish I could tell you about it.  Sorry.  

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